Below are a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions people have about our Port Angeles martial arts training:

 What kind of equipment do I need to train?

First and foremost is your desire to improve yourself and a positive attitude. Other necessary equipment is as follows. We have all of these items available for purchase at the gym!

For Boxing/Kickboxing:

  • A set of handwraps
  • A mouthguard
  • Groin protection (males)
  • Boxing Gloves

For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

  • A BJJ gi/kimono
  • You can get by without a gi for a while but if you wish to grow and learn at a faster pace, a gi will really increase your rate of growth.

For MMA:

Same requirements as for boxing/kickboxing with the exception of a pair of 4-7oz. MMA training gloves.

For Sparring:

In addition to your standard requirements you will need:

  • A pair of shin/instep guards
  • A set of headgear
  • Eventually you will also need striking knee pads

How much are memberships?

Click here to see our page on membership and payment options as well as special discounts.

What is your class schedule?

Click here to see our page with the full class schedule.

 Do I have to fight if I train at CageworX?

Absolutely not! At CageworX we have people of all experience levels, ages, genders and backgrounds. The programs we offer are designed to help you improve yourself mentally, spiritually and physically.

But if competition is something that you are interested in then you are in luck because we have the best team of coaches around with decades of experience in training athletes of all levels.

 Do I have to have previous experience to train at CageworX?

No! Our classes are designed to work with individuals of all experience levels from the first day beginner all the way up to the professional athlete.

Beginners are welcome to join any of our classes. We tailor our training for each individual. If you’ve walked in the door for the first time, we will work with you to help you get started and introduce you to the basics.

 How does the ranking system work?

For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
The BJJ system works on the belt system that is part of your gi uniform. The belts are as follows: white/blue/purple/brown/black. While on each belt color you will receive stripes on your belt to indicate your progress. You will receive up to 4 stripes on your belt before you are ready to progress to the next belt color. There is no formal testing. You are tested every day as your coaches observe your progress.

For Muay Thai/Kickboxing
At our gym, the kickboxing ranking system uses a colored neck cord to indicate rank. These cords are similar to the Pa Parjeed armbands used in traditional Muay Thai. The cord colors are ranked, novice to expert: white/yellow/orange/purple/blue/green/brown/black. Like the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking, students progression is mostly performance-based.

 Do the classes offered at the gym provide effective techniques for women’s self defense?

Absolutely! All martial arts offer self-defense benefits for women. Many if not the majority of self-defense instructors agree that a very effective self-defense system for women is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ teaches women how to use proper leverage and techniques to effectively disable someone that is larger and/or stronger. Combined with a “standing up” martial art, such as kickboxing, women can learn defensive techniques that work from the ground to standing. Regular training makes these movements an immediate reaction in situations when there may be little time to think!

There is no replacement for self-awareness and situational awareness when it comes to self-defense, but knowledge and training in the martial arts also develops a fundamental level of self-confidence that can make a woman less of a target.

 Are there any age limits for training at CageworX MMA?

CageworX works with individuals as young as 5 years old and has helped improve life for people as old as 60. The benefits that come from our programs really help people of all ages.

 I don’t want to train with a bunch of “thugs!” So what can I expect from training at CageworX?

Rule #1 at CageworX MMA is “Check your ego at the door.” We strongly emphasize that we do not train “thugs” but produce athletes. Our member base is made up of people from all walks of life from law enforcement to students, construction workers to lawyers.

Our students are well aware that they are not allowed to use what is learned here at CageworX to be used in a negative fashion on the street. A funny thing also happens when individuals train in the martial arts, they learn that they have nothing to prove since they work for it every day at the gym.

 I don’t have a lot of time to train because I’m very busy. Will my time be well spent here?

We understand your time is valuable and we feel the same about ours. Just know that all our classes are structured and well organized. All you have to do is show up and we will take care of the rest.

 What physical risks will I be exposed to?

Although we never anticipate an injury, unfortunately they do happen in sports. The American College of Sports Medicine ranks martial arts training very high in regards to safety in relationship to many other nationally and internationally recognized sports.

It is our highest priority that your training is structured with safety being our key focus. Because if your hurt then we don’t get the pleasure of working with you every day.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu • Muay Thai